This black dress is made of silk and lace. It has a lace blouse that goes over the sleeveless dress. The blouse has long, narrow sleeves with bands of silk at the cuffs. The hem of the dress is asymmetrical and the lower portion of the skirt has a lace overlay. Features that are indicative of the 1920s are the short hem, the lightweight fabric, and the loose silhouette.
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Gift Of Esther Booth
Esther Irene Booth Esther Irene Booth of Grand Rapids was a member of the founding family of Booth Newspapers. She was a niece of the late George Booth, founder of the newspaper group. Her father, the late Edmund Booth, was editor of the Grand Rapids Press and an officer of Booth Newspapers. For seven years during the Depression, Miss Booth was acting director of the Grand Rapids Art Gallery [now the Grand Rapids Art Museum]. She worked in the Red Cross in France during World War One. In World War II, she was chairman of the Red Cross citywide sewing center project in Grand Rapids. She also worked in the Veterans Hospital in Kalamazoo. Miss Booth was an honorary life trustee of Kent County Club.
Source: Obituary for Esther Booth, The Grand Rapids Press, July 12, 1984, page 6.